Two apartment projects go to Amherst planners

August 12, 2013 Updated Aug 12, 2013 at 10:24 AM EDT

By James Fink, Buffalo Business First

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August 12, 2013 Updated Aug 12, 2013 at 10:24 AM EDT

A pair of proposed apartment projects - one near Williamsville and the other in the heart of Eggertsville - could see as many as 62 new units developed in Amherst in the next year.

The Amherst Planning Board, when it meets on Aug. 15, will consider proposals from two separate developers concerning the respective projects.

Andy Romanowski, former Buffalo Niagara Builders' Association president who operates Alliance Homes, is working with Amherst officials on a proposal to develop 44 apartments on a 4.28-acre parcel that fronts on both Linwood Avenue and South Forest Road. The apartments would be spread among four, two-story buildings and would adjoin plans by Romanowski, through his Linwood Properties LLC affiliate, to build 11 apartments on a separate parcel he owns that fronts on South Union Road.

The planning board must rezone the land to allow for the apartment development before construction can begin.

On the same planning board agenda, John Felgemacher is seeking approval to add a 460-square-foot addition to an existing building he owns on Main Street near Eggert Road. The addition would then allow Feglemacher to construct a second and third story on the back section of the building.

The addition would house up to seven apartment units.

In preparation for the project, Felgemacher has retained Carmina Wood & Morris P.C. to handle the design work.

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